Ibaka delivered an impressive age-30 campaign for Toronto in the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season. Although he started just 27 times in his 55 appearances, he played almost the same complement of minutes as in his past two full seasons with the Raptors. In the process, Ibaka scored a career-high 15.4 points per game, adding 8.2 rebounds -- a seven-year high. Ibaka delivered 16 efforts of 20-plus points, maxing out with 30 in a tight win over the Pacers on Feb. 5. He recorded double-digit boards on 21 occasions, which was good for 20 double-doubles. On Feb. 23, Ibaka netted 15 points along with a season-high 15 boards and a block. A two-time block champion, Ibaka recorded multiple swats on 14 occasions. On Nov. 2 against Milwaukee, he blocked a season-high four shots across 22 minutes on the court. The Congo native excelled off the bench during Toronto's 11-game playoff run, averaging 14.8 points along with 7.7 boards and 1.3 blocks over 22.9 minutes per game. In the deciding Game 4 of the first round against Brooklyn, Ibaka went off for 27 points on 12-of-14 shooting, 15 rebounds and two blocks -- all in less than 20 minutes on the court.2018
Ibaka got off to a solid start in his second full season with Toronto. He averaged 16.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 28.8 minutes of action over the course of the club's first 52 games. The Raptors' addition of fellow center Marc Gasol at the trade deadline relegated Ibaka to a bench role. However, the change also allowed head coach Nick Nurse to use Ibaka more judiciously down the stretch. While Ibaka's minutes per game (23.3) dropped a bit over the course of his final 22 regular-season games, his per-game production remained as strong as ever. During that stretch, Ibaka averaged 12.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per contest. Overall, Ibaka's 52.9 percent field-goal mark was his highest since he shot 53.6 percent for Oklahoma City in 2013-14. The 29-year-old finished the season on a strong note by averaging 16.7 points per game over the course of the final three games of the NBA Finals. His strong play helped Toronto to win its first NBA Championship. Ibaka's ability to thrive both as a starter and as a reserve makes him one of the NBA's more valuable center options.2017
Ibaka made use of his first full season in Toronto, helping the Raptors win a whopping 60 games. Flanked by stars such as DeMar Derozan and Kyle Lowry, Ibaka averaged 12.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in 76 games, all starts. Ibaka's first double double of the season came on Dec. 13 against Phoenix, a 21-point, 13-rebound show of dominance which helped the Raps win by six points. He did it again on Dec. 26, where he recorded 11 points and 12 rebounds against the Mavericks. Toronto again made it to the second round of the NBA Playoffs, falling in four games to Cleveland. Ibaka's best performance in the postseason came in its first game, when he scored 23 points and 12 rebounds, helping Toronto take Washington down by eight points.2016
After seven years spent as a signature member of the Thunder lineup, including thrilling playoff runs and an NBA Finals appearance, Ibaka was traded to the Magic in a deal that sent Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis and Ersan Ilyasova to the Thunder. Ibaka quickly endeared himself to the fans in Orlando, scoring 14 points and grabbing eight rebounds in his team debut against Miami. Perhaps Ibaka's best game in his short stint with Orlando came in his return to Oklahoma City, when he scored 31 points and grabbed nine boards in a winning effort. Ibaka was again traded at the deadline, shipped to Toronto in exchange for Terrence Ross and a first-round pick. He immediately made a name for himself up north, scoring 22 points and bringing down 13 rebounds in a March 1 game against Washington, his fourth as a Raptor. That season, Ibaka started in all 10 of Toronto's playoff games, averaging just over 14 points and 6.5 rebounds before the team fell to Cleveland in Round 2.2015
Ibaka returned from injury with a vengeance in 2015-16 as the Thunder made it back to the NBA playoffs and all the way to the Western Conference Finals. That year, he recorded nine double doubles, the first coming just four games into the season after scoring 12 points and adding 14 rebounds in a five-point loss to the Houston Rockets. He did it again on Nov. 15 against Boston, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Ibaka was dominant in a Dec. 10 win over Atlanta, scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to go along with two blocks. In Oklahoma City's first year under new coach Billy Donovan, the Thunder reached new heights, winning 55 games and coming within one game of the NBA Finals. Ibaka was instrumental in the playoffs, averaging 12.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in 18 games, all starts.2014
Ibaka was once again a driving post presence in his sixth NBA season with the Thunder. He continued on his upward career trajectory in 2014-15, averaging over 14.3 points per game for Oklahoma City and starting the season's first 64 games. On Nov. 4, Ibaka put together the first of his 17 double doubles that season with a 25-point, 11-rebound showing against Toronto. He was even better on Nov. 19 against Denver, chipping in with 22 points and 13 assists in a close Thunder loss. On Jan. 16, Ibaka's 27 points and eight rebounds were key to a massive Thunder win over Western Conference foe Golden State. He hit another milestone Feb. 19 against Dallas, posting a career-high 22 rebounds. While on pace for one of his best years to date, adversity hit. Ibaka missed the last 18 games of the season after undergoing arthroscopic right knee surgery to address lingering soreness. The Thunder posted a 10-8 record over that stretch without Ibaka, and narrowly missed the postseason.2013
Ibaka followed up on his breakout season with an even better one in 2013-14, averaging 15.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per game for the Thunder, both career highs. He compiled 29 double doubles, the first of which coming in a Nov. 6 matchup against Dallas in which Ibaka scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. He was sensational on Nov. 10 against Washington, scoring 25 points and accounting for 12 rebounds. On April 4 against Houston, Ibaka scored a season-high 27 points while adding nine rebounds and six blocks. Ibaka was dominant in the playoffs, helping Oklahoma City all the way to a Western Conference Finals appearance against the San Antonio Spurs, which the Thunder lost in six games. Backtracking to the semifinals, Ibaka's 20 points and six rebounds were essential to his team's victory against the Chris Paul-led Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3. Oklahoma City would take the series three games later. It was a valiant postseason effort when it was all said and done, as Ibaka appeared in 17 of a possible 19 games, averaging 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds.2012
Ibaka enjoyed something of a breakout season in 2012-13, averaging double digits in points for the first time in his career. Flanked by superstars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, Ibaka helped lead the Thunder to a 60-22 record and a second-round appearance against the Memphis Grizzlies. Ibaka came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, scoring 25 points and grabbing seven rebounds in just his sixth game of the season. On Nov. 21 against the Los Angeles Clippers, Ibaka recorded his first double-double of the season, a 15-point, 12-rebound display of dominance that helped Oklahoma City win by six points. In a Dec. 17 victory over San Antonio, Ibaka put together a 25-point, 17-rebound night for the ages -- adding a trio of blocks for good measure. He excelled in the playoffs as well, averaging 12.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game against stacked Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies teams.2011
The 2011-12 season was Ibaka's third year in The Association and with the Thunder. It's also the season in which Ibaka became an established NBA starter, starting in all 66 games in which he appeared during the lockout-shortened season and averaging a considerable 27.2 minutes per contest. For the second season in a row, the seven-footer led the NBA in total blocks (241). For the year, Ibaka averaged 9.1 points, 7.5 boards and an NBA-leading 3.7 blocks per game. He also shot an impressive 53.5 percent from the field, nicely complementing team stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. On Jan. 27, Ibaka scored a season-high 20 points, and grabbed a dozen boards, during a win at Golden State. On Feb. 19, the third-year vet posted his first career triple-double with 14 points, 15 rebounds and an astounding 11 blocks during a home win over the Nuggets. On Mar. 7, during a home win over Phoenix, Ibaka delivered a career-high 20 rebounds, plus 18 points and three blocks. For the season, Ibaka had 12 double-doubles. The Thunder finished 47-19 and defeated the Mavericks, Lakers and Spurs on their way to the 2012 NBA Finals versus the Miami Heat. Ibaka started all 20 postseason games for the Thunder, producing 9.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per postseason contest. Ibaka's Thunder lost the NBA Finals in five games to the Heat.2010
Ibaka entered the 2010-11 in a fierce fight with Jeff Green to own the starting power forward position for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Green started at power forward for OKC's first five games, but Ibaka saw big minutes off the bench, supporting both the power forward and center spots. On Nov. 7, an ankle injury to Green inserted Ibaka into the starting spot at the four versus Boston. Ibaka would post eight points and 11 boards and go on to start in 18 of the Thunder's next 25 games. Over that spell, he averaged 9.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. Ibaka would return to the bench from Christmas Day through Feb. 23, but still averaged 25.5 minutes and 1.8 blocks per game over that time period. On Feb. 24, the Thunder traded Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic and a first-round pick to Boston for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson. This opened up the starting power forward spot for Ibaka, who started OKC's last 26 games of the regular season. Over those 26 games, Ibaka posted per game averages of 11.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.2 blocks while shooting 51.1 percent from the field. The Thunder finished the season at 55-27 and defeated the Nuggets and Grizzlies on their way to the Western Conference Finals versus the Mavericks. Ibaka started all 17 postseason games for the Thunder. Arguably his best playoff game was Game 3 versus Denver in the first round when Ibaka posted 22 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks in the win. Despite Ibaka's efforts, OKC lost the Western Conference Finals in five games to the Mavs. He averaged 9.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game during that postseason run.2009
Ibaka was drafted in the first round (24th pick) of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics. He choose to play the 2008-09 season in the Spanish Liga ACB for Manresa, however, where Ibaka averaged 7.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. During that time, the Sonics moved to OKC and became the Thunder. Ibaka joined the Thunder for the 2009-10 season, appeared in 73 games (no starts) as a rookie and averaged 18.1 minutes per contest. The rangy power forward quickly became known for his shot-blocking ability, as he posted 6.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per contest. He made is NBA debut in the second game of the season with a very brief appearance on Oct. 30 during a win at Detroit. On Nov. 22, Ibaka registered his first career double-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks during a loss to the Lakers. Ibaka would go on to record four double-doubles during his rookie season. On Dec. 22, Ibaka grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds during a loss to the Lakers. On Mar. 3, Ibaka scored a career-high 15 points, plus 13 boards, during a loss at Denver. He would score 15 points two more times during the season. The high-flying big man had six games with four or more blocks. The Raptors finished 50-32 and lost to the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs. Ibaka appeared in all six of Oklahoma City's postseason games and averaged 7.8 points, 6.5 boards and 2.0 blocks over 25.4 minutes per playoff contest.
June 26, 2008Drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1st round (24th pick) of the 2008 NBA Draft.
August 18, 2012Signed a four-year contract extension with the Thunder
June 23, 2016Traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Orlando Magic for Ersan Ilyasova, Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.
February 14, 2017Traded by the Orlando Magic to the Toronto Raptors for Terrence Ross and a 2017 1st round draft pick (Anžejs Pasecniks was later selected). (2017 1st-Rd pick will be less favorable of TOR & LAC picks)
July 7, 2017Signed a three-year contract with the Toronto Raptors
November 22, 2020Signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.